The OSS Value Chain: Evaluating the Ecosystem, Players, and Future of Operational Support Systems

Date: October 22, 2010
Pages: 41
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The OSS Value Chain: Evaluating the Ecosystem, Players, and Future of Operational Support Systems
Overview:

As digital services and communication networks circle the globe, carriers and service providers face decisive challenges in managing their infrastructure which is expanding with exponential growth rates. Investing on advanced, next generation OSS platforms in the only way to deal with these challenges, however the value of deploying and running complex operating and business support systems depends not only by the owner and end user, the service provider, but equally from the solution integrator and the supplier.

This report evaluates the combined role of service providers, solution integrators and platform vendors in terms of contributing to the final value of an OSS/BSS solution. It analyzes the lifecycle of OSS solutions, elaborate on the role each of the stakeholders play in this lifecycle and present some real world cases and challenges. The report evaluates leading OSS solutions and predicts future perspectives and directions. Finally, it proposes rules of thumb and evaluation metrics to improve the value of OSS projects from the perspective of the service provider, the integrator and the OSS supplier.

This report also compares and contrasts large vendors across: OSS portfolio, strong and weak points and ISV's across OSS specialization and strong points.

Key Benefits:
  • Short presentation of leading OSS solution suppliers
  • Evaluation matrices for service providers, integrators and vendors
  • Conclusions and rules of thumb from deploying and running OSS solutions, analysis of real world challenges
  • Analysis of success factors in the deployment of OSS solutions from the perspective of:
    • Service provider
    • Solution integrator
    • Solution supplier
Key Findings:

The success of an OSS project depends on three stakeholders: The service provider, the integrator and the platform vendor form a value chain, affecting the lifecycle of the project. Stakeholders' business goals, company mentality, technical expertise, experience, resource management and communication skills, all play their part, influencing the value of an OSS solution. At the end of the day, an OSS deployment is not just a technology project, but the result of a combined effort and partnership of groups of people with different mentality and skills.

Companies Evaluated in Report:

Amdocs
Computer Associates
Dorado Software
EMC
HP
IBM
InfoVista
Mycom
Telcordia
TTI Telecom
WANDL

Note: This report compares and contrasts large vendors across: OSS portfolio, strong and weak points. This report compares and contrasts ISV's across OSS specialization and strong points.

Audience:

Decision makers
OSS consultants and engineers
OSS Integrators and solution suppliers
Service Providers implementing OSS platforms
1. INTRODUCTION

2. THE OSS AND BSS LIFECYCLE


2.1. The need for OSS/BSS
2.2. Inception and birth
2.3. Childhood
2.4. Maturing
2.5. Aging

3. THE SERVICE PROVIDER/INTEGRATOR/VENDOR VALUE CHAIN

3.1. Service provider
  3.1.1. Profile and mentality
  3.1.2. Project generation
  3.1.3. Selection and implementation
3.2. Integrator
  3.2.1. Starting a project
  3.2.2. Project delivery
  3.2.3. Ongoing support
  3.2.4. Adding value
3.3. Vendor
  3.3.1. Business development
  3.3.2. Service delivery
  3.3.3. Support

4. GEARS IN MOTION

4.1. The whole picture
4.2. Streamlining and formalization
  4.2.1. Requirements specification
  4.2.2. Proposal evaluation
  4.2.3. Project management
  4.2.4. Rollout and commissioning
  4.2.5. Day to day operation
  4.2.6. Upgrades and fixes
  4.2.7. Ongoing customization
  4.2.8. Major customization (integration/spinoff project)
  4.2.9. Migration and major upgrades
4.3. Business process value analysis
  4.3.1. Requirements specification
  4.3.2. Proposal evaluation
  4.3.3. Project management
  4.3.4. Rollout and commissioning
  4.3.5. Day to day operation, upgrades and fixes
  4.3.6. Ongoing customization
  4.3.7. Migration and major upgrades
4.4. Adherence to Frameworks and Practices

5. THE REAL WORLD

5.1. Balance (and the lack of)
5.2. Agility vs Governance
5.3. The Holy Grail
5.4. Vendor agnostic vs Vendor monolithic
5.5. Out of steam
5.6. Upgrading by downgrading
5.7. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

6. THE FUTURE OF OSS

6.1. Market consolidation
6.2. Open systems
6.3. Carriers and providers in the cloud

7. RULES OF THUMB

7.1. Invest in communication
7.2. Mark the ballpark
7.3. Allow overruns
7.4. Long term vs Short term

8. A CURSORY VIEW OF THE OSS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS LANDSCAPE

8.1. Tier-1 vendors
8.2. ISVs

9. COMPARISON MATRICES

9.3. Large vendors
9.4. ISVs

10. EVALUATION MATRICES

10.1. Service providers
  10.1.1. Evaluating an integrator
  10.1.2. Evaluating a vendor
  10.1.3. OSS value generation
10.2. Integrators
10.3. Vendors

11. CONCLUSION

LIST OF FIGURES


Figure 1: OSS at the north of a service provider technology stack
Figure 2: The position of OSS in a service provider ecosystem
Figure 3: The eTOM business process framework
Figure 4: A view of the internals of a service provider
Figure 5: An integrator general view showing two silos relevant to the lifecycle of OSS projects
Figure 6: A solution supplier internal organization
Figure 7: Engagement level of service providers, integrators and vendors during the lifecycle of an OSS project
Figure 8: Annotated Engagement level of service providers, integrators and vendors
Figure 9: Introducing governance to business agility
Figure 10: Vertical scaling
Figure 11: Service providers as we know them
Figure 12: Service providers as they may seem in the near future
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